Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saturday in the Farm Store

Nothing to do with todays post, just one of my favorite pictures. Grandaughter
Allana (7 years ago) with her Papa, my hubby Keith.

Today, like every other Saturday, is Farm Store Day. We're open all week closed on Sundays all traffic can be steady any day. But Saturdays...are Farm Store Days.

Starting early the cars, trucks and vans start cruising up our long driveway. They take their time checking out the Ennis the horse and Doolin the jackass donkey on the left, Mad Max and his harem of fat pig sows on the left.

They stop to let a group of ducks pass and slow awhile a peacock chooses to walk up the lane right in front of their car. When they get to the Y in our drive we can tell all we need to know. If they speed up and Head straight for the barn...they're a regular. They will fill their jugs with milk, rinse the spigot and wash off the rubber mat.

If they head towards the store and promptly get out they are also a regular. They will get their meat and eggs, soap and flour, leave money or checks in the cash box pet the Great Pyrenees on the head and head home.

But if they go right at the Y and curve towards the house, it's a newbie. A customer who heard about us and thought they'd finally make the trip. Sometimes they are from Chicago (2 hours north) or Campaign (1 hour south) or Bloomington (1 hour south west) or Indiana (1 hour East)

They are rarely from our howe town of Chatsworth, just 1 mile away.

No we're not offended. We have a couple regular customers from close by but not many. Folks are weird that way. Always thinking the eggs and meat and flour and milk is better on the other side of the fence.


Thus, the reason for my commitment to shop local for the other stuff I need, even if I pay a little more or get less in the way of variety. Small towns quickly become ghost towns when we think its better to spend more in gas to get less in the way of customer service and product guarantee.

And where else can you get a little parade of 6 week old piglets to run alongside your car as you come up a farmers lane?  So thanks all of customers who came by today wherever you came from. These two farmers are extremely appreciative.


  1. If I lived closer, I'd be beating a path to your door for milk and soap on a regular basis.

    I do have the pleasure of buying goat milk from the custodian at my school. Her farm is right up the road and she'll milk in the morning and bring two plastic gallon jugs of the stuff right to my classroom in the afternoon. It makes the creamiest feta in the world (I'm not biased or anything) and I love that I pass her goats on the way to school every morning. Let's hear it for buying local!

  2. Wonderful for you Leslie, too often we all go about our journeys and never pass animals outside anymore. Someday I'll learn to make cheese too.

  3. Guilty! I always drive 20 Kms to my favourite (up-market) store, rather than the 7 Kms to my nearest v small town. I have a pathological hatred for my nearby town, but adore my supermarket; regardless of it not having its own zoo.

  4. Cro "local" is defined by the hands of the driver. 20 kms sounds pretty local to me. In Illinois folks think nothing of driving 100's of kms to get something better or so they think. Now hopefully I haven't driven those away who travel long distances to come to US!

  5. Love the picture of Keith and Grandbaby. Heck, Donna if you were just a titch closer I drive over just for a cup of coffee. Mike and I really try to keep as many dollars as we can here in our little area, we believe in helping our local economy first.

  6. Your post made me smile as we did just what you described. We made our first trip this past week and drove from Springfield (about 2 hours). Sure enough, we meandered up your driveway and, when we hit the Y, didn't know what to do....we headed to the house:). We love your farm and your husband was so personable showing us around. We got our milk and peacock feathers and headed home. Next time, we are pulling our older boys from school to make the trip with us:)

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